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Last week, I noted that The Immoralist “caused a scandal” on its first publication in Which is the kind of thing you do when you get most of. Rereading Gide’s The Immoralist () recently that is indeed how I experienced the text. It is disturbing, upsetting even, to read. Why? In Homos in , Leo. I have been going through old classics on my shelves recently. A couple months ago, I re-read Albert Camus’ THE STRANGER and THE FALL.

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Drag me away from here now and give me reasons for existing. As Edward Said writes in Culture and Imperialism regarding an incident in which Michel sees a boy called Moktir steal his wife’s scissors: After she dies, Michel is left to grapple with the meaning of his own life, and to come to terms with his homosexual tendencies.

Michel was raised by both his mother and father until his mother’s death, when he was fifteen. I am trying to picture myself immoralist in yards and yards of bombazine, chiffon and lace, shapely cut to follow my already markedly thin waist, thanks to those bone stays that have cinched it into a harness, sorry, a corset.

However, as they leave Switzerland to enter Italy, he becomes aware of the vigorous sense of life associated with Mediterranean culture. In each new location, Michel experiences new fragrances that further awaken his growing lust for life. In The ImmoralistMichel mentions that there had recently been a public scandal and lawsuit regarding Menalque; this refers to a widely publicized trial in which Oscar Wilde was accused of homosexual relations with the son of a wealthy Englishman.

Michel seems to be glorying in his account of how he freed himself from bourgeois restraint. In Paris, Michel is bored by the demands of their social life.


When Michel is 25, his father becomes gravely ill, and Michel marries Marceline, a young woman whom he hardly knows, in order to please his dying father.

The fact that renunciation of faith is almost a futile endeavour when the rest of the fabric: Thanks for the comment. Finally, inafter eight years of civil war, France admitted defeat and granted national sovereignty to Algiers. Is there a difference? During the course of their travels, Michel becomes gravely ill with tuberculosis, but recovers under the loving care of his wife.

After her miscarriage, Marceline’s spirit is crushed and she loses much of her mental vigor. During the apple harvest, he describes the rich fragrances filling the air: The new Michel cannot emerge because the old Michel, the one who was encumbered by family obligations, stands in the way.

As we slump towards the final third, his wife becomes t My foray into Frenchies continues with this peculiar, off-the-scale subtle novel about forbidden pleasures.

Reading group: A slap in the face from AndrĂ© Gide’s The Immoralist

There were homosexual My second Gide book and I quite enjoyed it. Have dinner with me tonight. July 12, at The Immoralist immroalist, one of Gide’s most important works, was first published in Finally, restlessness overcomes him and, abandoning the farm, Michel drags the ailing Marceline away on a journey that leads them step by step back to Africa. The hell and the heaven of his characters is in him. Soon immoralixt Michel and his wife, who is now pregnant, move back to Paris.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. At one point, Michel declares that his “veneration” for his wife grew in “inverse proportion to my self-respect. Dead Rabbits Society – Philip J.

The Immoralist by Andre Gide

What’s the fuss about? The essential action of the story is this protracted conversion from the normal, socially sponsored sexual relationship that is inimical to Michel’s nature to the forbidden relationship that satisfies his native desires.


Burdened by the constant demands that have been placed upon him, Michel seeks the ordered harmony a farm embodies as an ideal, a harmony arrested from the surrounding wilderness, as well as the organic hierarchy that exists within nature itself. Gide’s narrative further explores themes of life versus death, mind versus body, and the process of self-discovery.

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Written nearly a century ago, The Immoralist describes Michel’s process of self-realization in subtle, veiled terms. The Immoralist is narrated by Michel, a young man who describes his marriage to Marceline, a woman he hardly knew, and lays bare the developments of his inner life during gife first few years of their marriage. July 20, at Later, when Michel is back in Paris, immpralist friend Menalque hands him this pair of scissors, which had been recovered from Moktir.

While on their honeymoon, Michel becomes gravely ill from tuberculosis.

Michel, motivated by a strong desire to return to North Africa, pushes her to travel with him, despite her deteriorating health. All of these nations are members of the League of Arab Statesa multi-nation alliance of Middle Eastern countries sharing economic, political, and cultural interests. The French government at this time was in the era of the Third Republic, which began inadopting the Constitution of the Third Republic in Michel’s illness forces him out of his dualism between mind and body; he claims he does not have the “strength to lead a dual life,” and that he would “think about the life of the mind later,” when he is better.

And every day my life grew richer and fuller, as I advanced towards a riper, more delicious happiness.